Hey guys, it’s been a moment.  Hope everyone is having a grand day.  Below is something a dear friend sent me today that resonated and I wanted to share with you all.  It speaks powerfully to what ‘really’ matters in life and I’m excited to hear your comments.  I am following this up with a prime example of something that ‘really’ matters and the visionary carrying this powerful vision into reality.  Enjoy and have a lovely day!

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What will Matter
Author: Michael Josephson

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.

It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

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It’s Friday!  Hope you all have some exciting and/or relaxing plans for the weekend!

Today’s daily dose of inspiration comes from my friends at Echoing Green, who hosted ‘Meet the Finalists’ last night.  If you don’t know about this amazing organization providing risk capital and other resources to early stage social ventures around the world, PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT!  And have a look at the video below to ‘Meet the 2010 Finalists.’

Last night I experienced first hand how fast the world is changing!  In the 5 years or so, not only has this annual event grown from being hosted in a small bar to a large auditorium at the Credit Suisse financial headquarters (who have sponsored the entire finalist selection weekend), but the entire place was full of bankers staring in seeming awe.  I wish I could appropriately convey the powerful energy in the room when the night’s host, Charley Rose of Cityyear, asked everyone to pause for 30 seconds of silence to ponder the impact of the ten 90-second Finalist pitches they had just hear; WOW!  You see, Echoing Green Fellows, on average, have raised 44 times the initial capital provided by Echoing Green.  This is a staggering multiple that is impressive to any financier.  Point: the financial markets are watching and listening closely to this rapidly growing movement around social innovation, creative entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy, conscious capitalism, or whatever other name you want to give it.  The fact is our systems are crashing and a new world is emerging, a world where doing good with dollars is the only, and I mean ONLY, way forward to a more sustainable future.  So, put on your thinking caps, get into your creative flow, and ask yourself how YOU can help tear down the walls that separate the non-profit ethos with the for-profit incentive.  One final note; we are human and we are driven by self interest.  This is not a bad thing, per se.  Let’s find the intersection where doing the right thing meets personal satisfaction, in a balanced manner I might add.

There are some bold statements here and I would love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me a note.

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend!  And I’m only including one item below today, as the impact here deserves to stand alone!

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MEET THE ECHOING GREEN 2010 FINALISTS

Hey Guys, hope all is going grand today!  As always, lots of excitement to talk about at PURETIMES.  But first for our daily dose of inspiration.  Today’s inspiration comes thanks to Mr. Seth Godin and his newest book Linchpin, a must MUST grab!

Per Amazon review: A linchpin, as Seth describes it, is somebody in an organization who is indispensable, who cannot be replaced—her role is just far too unique and valuable. And then he goes on to say, well, seriously folks, you need to be one of these people, you really do. To not be one is economic and career suicide.

The point Seth makes in this book is that we are all indispensable, although some of us may have had that spirit educated or otherwise forced out of us.  We must summon that spirit within us as we are all unique and creative individuals.  If this idea inspires you, please check out Sir Ken Robinson’s inspiring TED Talk below on ‘divergent thinking.’

More inspiration and opportunity from seth here and here.

And on Sir Ken here.  And check out The Blue School while your at it; he’s on the board, and yes the Blue Men (now dad’s) created it.

Enjoy the video and other inspiring items below!  And if you have a story for us or are interested in sponsoring these posts and/or re-posting, that would be great!

Have a lovely day!

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Project H Design

If your in NYC this week and/or interested in sustainable design thinking, please have a look at at my friend Emily Pilloton’s recent newsletter full of great stuff below:

Join us in New York City this week for two Project H happenings: our Design Revolution Road Showfinale at the Metropolis Booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and the opening of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial exhibition, which includes our Learning Landscape math playground!

  • Our road show Airstream trailer, which houses an exhibition of 40 products that empower people from our book Design Revolution, will be installed as part of the Metropolis Magazine booth at the Javits Center, from May 15-18th. Info below or via Metropolis. Project H founder will also be doing a book signing on Saturday, May 15th at noon, at the Metropolis booth.
  • Our Learning Landscape math playground system, which facilitates a more active and engaged way to learn elementary academic concepts, is featured in the Cooper Hewitt’s Triennial exhibition! The exhibition, entitled “Why Design Now?” opens May 14th, and runs through January 2011. More info on our Learning Landscape here, and more info on the exhibition here.

Design Revolution Road Show Metropolis ICFF Finale

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DESIGN as a tool for positive changeNAU'S-GRANT FOR CHANGE

May marks the launch of the second annual G4C, designed to support those who instigate lasting, positive change in their communities. Last year the G4C highlighted the efforts of those who move in the spirit of the Nau Collective: Athletes, Artists, and Activists challenging assumptions about what it means to move, be moved, and move others. The 2010 G4C highlights a second facet of the Nau brand: that of DESIGN as a tool for positive change.

For Nau, this speaks to our commitment to the blending of Beauty, Performance, and Sustainability, in both our product design and business model. For you, this acts as a call for entry.

Show and tell us how you, your friends, or colleagues, use DESIGN to provide creative, compelling, effective, and replicable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Nominations are open from May 10th ‘til June 11th, with voting open ‘til June 20th. More details about the grant can be found in the attached outreach PDF. Starting May 10th, this information will be available online at www.nau.com.

It’s inspiring stuff. Last year was a tremendous success. This year, it is up to all of us to get the word out. There are amazing efforts in positive change happening all over the country, and we want to know (and we want you to know) what is happening in your neck of the nation.

Nominate. Learn. Vote. Have at it. This is the Grant for Change. Don’t hold back. The more nominees we get, the more stories of change we get to tell. However you decide to participate, we are excited to have you as a part of the story again.

Join in the fun here.

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The Good Eater Collaborative

Our Mission farm market and deviled eggs image %organic food

Below is pulled from a recent email from co-founder Joshua Levin:

I’m writing to share my excitement about the launch of a new media project I’ve co-founded with chef/author Kenji Lopez-Alt: “The GoodEater Collaborative“.

It’s a blog and discussion platform featuring leaders from across the food industry: farmers, chefs, business executives, media members, non-profit directors, etc. The goal is to cut through the noise on food sustainability and feature the voices of those who are in the trenches on this every day. These dynamic individuals from across the field will be sharing their experiences, ideas, and concerns, creating a true cross-sector dialog that’s open to the public. Our hope is to cultivate the kind of systems-thinking necessary to address issues in our food system, while simultaneously giving everyone the inside scoop on how to “eat good”.

You can check out our fantastic collection of authors, or some of the recent posts such as backyard chicken economicsa country addicted to fish farming, the ease of early spring canninghome compostingmaking your own ricotta, and a lot more.

Besides checking out The GoodEater Collaborative, the easiest way to take advantage of this awesome resource is by subscribing to our RSS feed, weekly headlines E-Newsletter , or to have posts simply emailed to you!

Please visit here: http://www.goodeater.org/

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The Sustainability Imperative

The Harvard Business Review makes the compelling case that:

Most executives know that how they respond to the challenge of sustainability will profoundly affect the competitiveness—and perhaps even the survival—of their organizations.  Full Story here.

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Hey Guys, hope your having a lovely day!  In contemplating some inspiring thought for today’s post, I was coming up blank.  When I stepped back and considered why I was unable to summon some morsel of inspiration, it struck me that in my hyper-active mode of oscillation between blue-sky thinking and highly-focused execution, it is often challenging to get clear.  This is where setting goals and developing action steps becomes critical.  My friend Scott Belsky recently wrote an incredibly helpful book on this topic called ‘Making Ideas Happen.’  Now a NY Times best seller, I urge you all to check it out here.  As we know, ideas are great, but they have absolutely ZERO value if not executed effectively.  PLEASE, MAKE YOUR BEAUTIFUL IDEAS HAPPEN TODAY!

Have a lovely day and enjoy the inspiration below!

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All Day Buffet’s The Feast + Nokia Launch CHANGE CONNECTIONS

An initiative by The Feast in collaboration with Nokia, Change Connections is a space for your ideas to collectively exchange, connect and collaborate for social good and to foster new thinking on groundbreaking social innovation.

A website based in serious play around serious issues, opportunities for ideation are structured around five key themes — Livelihood, Learning, Health, Advocacy and Resilience — as well as insights from a variety of experts, from social entrepreneurs and field workers to technologists and policy makers. Add your ideas and thoughts and Change Connections!

change-connections.com =>

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Stoked Mentoring Story

Mentoring kids via action sports.  Visit Dowser for more.

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Thank you all so much for your tremendous support of FIGMENT. We were literally receiving art and project submissions for the FIGMENT NYC and Boston events right up until the deadline, and we’re looking forward to getting full art listings up at our FIGMENT website soon.

Many of you have been asking how you can help… Here are some answers!

#1. Help our viral fundraising campaign – To make all of our planned projects happen this year, we are facing a serious budget shortfall. But if 4,000 people (less than one-third of last year’s participants!) each contribute $5, we will meet our goal. Your friends can make a donation online or by texting FIGMENT to 20222.

#2. Engage your social networks – Whether you are a Facebook addict, Tweet religiously, or are in constant email list dialogues, use your networks to promote FIGMENT. Invite people using the Facebook event tool (for the NYC and Boston event), spread the word about the fundraising campaign, or even just use your Twitter account or Facebook status to show your enthusiasm.

#3. Make new friends – We literally have thousands of FIGMENT postcards to distribute. Contact us at outreach@figmentproject.org to pick up a stack of postcards, and start talking to everyone you meet. The guy who makes your sandwich at the deli by your office, the parents of the adorable kid who smiles at every passerby on the subway, the people on the picnic blanket near you at Central or Prospect Park.

#4. Sign up to volunteer – Your time and muscle-power can do wonders. Whether you want to move sound equipment, greet arriving participants, help build sculptures, or give out mini-golf scorecards throughout the summer – we need your help. Sign up here.

#5. Wish list – If you have any of the materials on our wish list to donate to FIGMENT, we would appreciate it! We can never have too much sidewalk chalk, and several other artists have requests. Check out our wishlist!

Bonus item, #6. Helpful connections – If one of your friends is a member of the press, or has the connections or capacity to make a large donation, or is an artist who might want to create a season-long sculpture or mini-golf hole in 2011, connect us to them! Email an introduction to info@figmentproject.org and we would love to use your network!

Thank you!

The FIGMENT Team

FIGMENT: What are you bringing?


FIGMENT celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream. Become a part of events in NYC (June 11-13) and Boston (June 5), and interactive exhibits on NYC’s Governors Island from June through October. For more information, visit http://figmentproject.org.

FIGMENT is a project of Action Arts League, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is created and produced by a coalition of volunteers. FIGMENT is entirely funded by grants and individual donations, and accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT is made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s SwingSpace program, which was created with lead support from the September 11th Fund. FIGMENT is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, in addition to the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

FIGMENT Boston is produced in collaboration with the Cambridge Arts Council (www.cambridgeartscouncil.org), which exists to ensure that the arts remain vital for people living, working and visiting Cambridge.

hey guys, hope your having a lovely tuesday!  today’s bit of inspiration is inspired by my my buddy brian johnson’s philosophers’ notes, which offer condensed insights from some of the most inspiring writers know to man.  please check them out!  below is a quick video on the topic of ‘loving what is,’ which presents the idea of acceptance in a powerful manner.

while we may not agree with what we are experiencing in the world, accepting ‘what is’ is an extremely powerful tool to liberate us in our daily lives.  instead of resisting or letting something in our lives stress us out, we have the alternative of embracing reality and then moving forward.  this is a key principal that drives ‘pure projects.’  PURE is all about accepting what is, while realizing anything is possible.  so, instead of beating ourselves up about our current reality, consider accepting it while simultaneously considering that we have the freedom to create a new reality.

have a great day and enjoy the content below!  feel free to forward to your friends!

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Tristan Lecomte named by Time Magazine as 100 most influential people in the world

Tristan is a dear friend and incredible individual.  I am honored to be involved in the reforestation organization he founded, which is responsible for planting over 2 million trees thus far, and is on track for 12 million by the end of 2012.  To learn more and get involved, please visit Pure Planet’s website.  And you can see the full story here and view the other honorees here.

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Humanity Calls

In the spirit of planting trees, HumanityCalls.org is a fundraising tournament website designed to bring together nonprofits, companies, and individuals focused on addressing global causes such as the environment, health, education, poverty and human rights.  Please get involved today at humanitycalls.org.

Happy Monday Gang,

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  I sure had an emotion fueled weekend with the marriage of one of my 5 beloved sisters, which stirred up thoughts of inner piece and love.  Below are some thoughts that are nice to reflect upon.

As I evolve with these daily emails, I will be playing with the format a bit.  For starters, I will begin each post with some inspirational piece and then roll into some examples of ‘pure projects’ I’m seeing in the world.  Also, I’m reading an inspiring book called ‘Why now is the time to CRUSH IT!: cash in on your passion,’ and will include an inspiring video below.  One important takeaway so far is that we should all consider what it means to build our own personal brand.  As such, I will begin to build my own personal brand around PUREFIX, so look out for more on this.  Please consider picking up the book.

symptoms of inner piece…
•     A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears on past experiences
•     An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
•    A loss of interest in judging other people
•    A loss of interest in judging self
•    A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
•    A loss of interest in conflict
•    A loss of the ability to worry
•    Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
•    Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature
•    Frequent attacks of smiling
•    An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it
•    A feeling of non-self, impermanence and inter-dependance

Interesting stuff, huh!  Enjoy your day guys!

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Crush it! book trialer

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Growing Slow Money: funding the local food movement

The Goal:

A million Americans investing 1% of their assets in local food systems…within a decade.

Learn more here.

See you tomorrow,

Ryan, aka PUREFIX

from my dear friends at TBD (please subscribe to their lovely weekly newsletter http://ourfutureistbd.com/)…

World Series of Good
Everyone Wins
Wsog
Poker: a game of skill, patience, and gut instinct. While some might call gambling a vice, others see it as an exercise in leveraging some of the best lessons about human behavior. To sweeten the pot, a particular group of players are looking to turn the grand prize into something more than cash; they’ve seized an opportunity to use game theory for a whole lot of good.

The World Series of Good is a project designed to steal a bit of the biggest poker pot in the world: The World Series of Poker. At $10,000 a head for entry, the tournament paid out $8.5 million to the winner and more than $175 million overall last year. Backed by some serious poker all-stars (including Annie Duke, Phil Gordon and Rafe Furst of Tilt Poker fame), the goal of the WSOG is simple: send one upstart card shark in to go for the gold and donate all his winnings to great causes . . . and rally a media blitz along the way, to convince as many of the tournament finalists as possible to donate 1% of their winnings to the charities of their choice.

WSOG project founder Michael Karnjanaprakorn will be crowdsourcing the $10,000 entrance fee on Kickstarter. With the right kind of buy-in, this idea could win up to $1.8 million for good. Not a bad deal.

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Take Less: help support eco-art installation w/ a powerful sustainable message w/ your used take-out containers

My dear friends at MSLK are embarking on a new eco-art installation and needs your help!

Over the past few years, their installations such as Watershed and Urban Tumbleweeds have raised awareness about society’s mindless consumption of plastic. This year we will be focusing on the unnecessary plastic waste produced by take-out and fast food. Think about all excess plastic we use only once (or not at all) then throw away.

We are writing to you as a supporter of our efforts. We need your help to collect used, but clean take-out materials. Can you help us by collecting at your office or apartment building? Print out this poster and place it on a box or bin in your company kitchen or next to your trash and recycling.  Email demetra@mslk.com if you can help us by collecting and we’ll come coordinate a pick up of your donations
To find out more about our installation visit mslk.com/take-less